Member Profile of SHINee: Bio, Fan Facts, History etc.

SHINee is a South Korean boy group under the management of SM Entertainment.

They debuted in 2008.

SHINee is one of the most famous K-pop groups to date, and the group consists of members Onew, Taemin, Jonghyun, Key, and Minho.

The group is popular worldwide, and they have debuted both in South Korea and Japan.

Profile of SHINee

Debut and Success

Shinee debuted in 2008 with their first mini album, titled “Replay”. The mini-album ranked number ten on Korean music charts and they sold at least 17,000 copies of their album in the first half on 2008.

They also released their full-length album in the same year and it they were able to sell more than 30,000 copies of their first full-length album. The group has also won numerous awards during their debut year.

It was in 2009 when they had their breakthrough with their second full-length album “Lucifer”. The aforementioned album received positive responses from the both from the media and the public.

The group has been very active ever since the start of their music career and they are considered as one of the pioneers in today’s K-pop era.

Debut in Japan and other areas

It was in 2011 when Shinee penetrated the Japanese music industry. Shinee released a Japanese version of their single Replay and it sold more than 90,000 copies on the first week.

The Japanese warmly welcomed the debut of Shinee in their country.

In the same year, Shinee held their first live Japanese concert at the Tokyo International Forum Hall. They had to perform at least three times to accommodate more than 15,000 fans.

Shinee is still active not just in South Korea but in Japan as well.



Onew is Shinee’s leader. He is a singer and an actor.

Onew is the eldest member of the group.
Aside from being a member of Shinee, Onew is also an actor, and he acts from time to time whenever his group is not involved any musical promotion.

In 2010, he began his acting career in the drama Dr. Champ, where he was cast as a doctor.

His acting career went further as he was cast in numerous TV shows. His most recent acting role was in the South Korean drama Descendants of the Sun, a very popular Korean TV series that starred actors Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo.

He had the role of a doctor once again and he received a lot of praises for his acting in the said drama.
Onew is also a solo singer.

He has a few music collaboration with other artists and he has sung quite a few solo songs for drama OSTs.


Real Name: Lee Jin Ki
Birthday: December 14, 1989
Specialties: Playing the piano, speaking Chinese
Additional trivia: His nickname is Ondubu, which means Tofu
Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist
Height: 177cm
Weight: 61kg
Blood O
Hobby: Eating, basketball, listening to music
Attraction: Unique voice

Quick Facts

1. Onew’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius
2. His Chinese zodiac sign is Snake
3. His favorite colors are red and yellow
4. He uses glasses whenever they’re on a rehearsal
5. Onew likes his eyebrows
6. Onew cracked his teeth in an accident
7. He once had a teeth surgery
8. He is a very responsible person
9. He is a good student
10. He loves chicken



Jonghyun is the second member of Shinee. Aside from being a member of the group, he is also a songwriter and a DJ.

Jonghyun is considered to be the main vocalist of Shinee, and his singing skills are very valuable to the group. He debuted as a solo artist in 2015 with his first music EP entitled “Base”.

Jonghyun has a lot of solo songs and some other songs as to which he sung for South Korean drama OSTs.
He has also collaborated with numerous artists just like Onew.


Real Name: Kim Jong Hyun
Birthday: April 8, 1990
Specialties: Playing the piano
Additional trivia: He is sometimes called as Bling Bling
Position: Main Vocalist
Height: 173cm
Weight: 58kg
Blood AB
Hobby: Songwriting, listening to music
Attraction: Healthy body

Quick Facts

1. Jonghyun’s zodiac sign is Aries
2. His Chinese zodiac sign is Horse
3. His favorite colors are black and green
4. He once ate a paperclip
5. Jonghyun can tolerate very spicy food
6. Usher is his favorite artist
7. Jonghyun is ambidextrous
8. He can’t play soccer very well
9. He likes telling ghost stories
10. Jonghyun can’t properly ride a bike

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Key is the third member of Shinee. He is a singer and an actor.

Like the other Shinee members, Key is also a solo artist. While being a member of Shinee, he is also a member of the duo Toheart with INFINITE member Woohyun.

The two of them are known to have a lot of photoshoots together.

In 2014, he was partnered up with Arisa Yagi, a Japanese model in We Got Married. Together, they pretended to be virtual newlyweds for the show.

Key is very much active in the entertainment industry and he is now hosting a TV show.


Real Name: Kim Ki Beom
Birthday: September 23, 1991
Specialties: Can speak four different languages, rapping
Additional trivia: He is very good in drawing
Position: Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
Height: 177cm
Weight: 59kg
Blood B
Hobby: Skiing, photography
Attraction: Fashion sense

Quick Facts

1. Key’s zodiac sign is Virgo
2. His Chinese zodiac sign is Sheep
3. His favorite color is pink
4. Shopping is what he likes doing the most during his spare time
5. He is a good cook
6. He loves Spongebob Squarepants
7. Key is the most humorous member of Shinee
8. He loves dogs
9. Key is afraid of heights
10. He is good at imitating other people



Minho is Shinee’s fourth member. He is the main rapper of the group and he is highly recognized for his deep voice, a distinctive sign of his rapping style.

Minho was a model before he became a rapper of Shinee. He was then scouted by a talent manager because of his good looks and then debuted in 2008 as an idol.

He is also a songwriter and has written a lot of rap songs. In 2010, he began a successful acting career.

Almost all of the dramas that he has starred in became high rated dramas, and this proves that Minho is not just a good rapper, but he is a good actor as well.


Real Name: Choi Min Ho
Birthday: December 9, 1991
Specialties: Sports, Acting, Rapping
Additional trivia: He was roommates with Taemin
Position: Main Rapper, Sub-vocalist
Height: 181cm
Weight: 60kg
Blood B
Hobby: Basketball, soccer, acting
Attraction: Healthy body, rapping skills, handsome face

Quick Facts

1. Minho’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius
2. His Chinese zodiac sign is Sheep
3. His favorite is blue
4. His favorite anime is One Piece
5. He is tiny-faced
6. He has an athletic body
7. Biographies are what he likes to read
8. Minho is the king of sleep
9. He loves ramen
10. His favorite number is 10



Taemin is the youngest member of Shinee. He is a singer, a dancer and an actor.

In 2014 he debuted as a solo artist and released his first mini album entitled “Ace’. His album received a lot of positive responses and he was praised by the listeners for his talent.

In 2016, he released his first full-length album titled “Press It”. In June 2016, he released his first Japanese mini album titled “Solitary Goodbye”.

That was his recent activity as a solo artist.

He is also an actor and has been featured in numerous South Korean TV dramas.


Real Name: Lee Tae Min
Birthday: July 18, 1993
Specialties: Playing the piano, dancing
Additional trivia: He loves horror movies
Position: Main Dancer, Vocalist
Height: 175cm
Weight: 53kg
Blood B
Hobby: Sports, playing the piano
Attraction: Cute face

Quick Facts

1. Taemin’s zodiac sign is Cancer
2. His Chinese zodiac sign is Rooster
3. His favorite color is white
4. Taemin likes holding hands
5. He is very childish according to Key
6. He learned Japanese by watching the anime One Piece
7. Taemin has a habit of talking to himself
8. He likes pale skinned women
9. He hates bugs
10. Taemin doesn’t work out


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